In an online, unscientific poll on CruiseCritic.com, 62 percent said the incident on the Carnival Triumph did not worry them, and they would cruise again. An additional 27 percent said they were worried, but would still cruise. Only 5 percent said they wouldn't cruise again.
But the people who frequent CruiseCritic.com are enthusiastic cruisers. What's harder to quantify is how many people who have never cruised before will now shy away from cruising because of the Triumph. And Carnival, with its "Fun Ships" tagline, variety of offerings and low prices, is a popular line for first-time cruisers.
Wright she did hear several first-timers on the Triumph say this cruise would be "their first and last."
A spokesperson for Carnival told ABC News that "many" of the passengers stranded on the Carnival Splendor after a November 2010 fire in the engine room used the free cruises Carnival offered.
Jinkins did feel that the disembarkation process could have been handled better. She was told she had the option to stay in Mobile the night the ship arrived in port, rather than get on the bus to New Orleans, something her group would have much preferred. But that never happened.
But as far as using the free cruise offered by Carnival to Triumph passengers? "Had I been able too," she said, "I would have probably booked it while on the ship."